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Girl Day!

When I was in Kenya spending time at Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, I was struck by how much the girls still struggled with math and science. Most of the girls who enter KGSA have poor skills in math and science. They didn’t receive the training they needed in primary school, and they give into the societal […]

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One Cocktail Napkin at a Time

Very few writers are talented, timely and lucky enough to write what they want full time and make a living. The rest of us just muddle through, carving out little nooks and crannies of space to create. In graduate school, Verlyn Klinkenborg recommended that we not wait to write until we are sitting at the […]

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Top Posts of 2015

Top Posts of 2015

Each year I look back at my blog posts, I am less and less surprised at which topics are well received. We as a society seem to need to talk about death and sex. We are getting curious about mindfulness and intentionality and defining less as more. These are things I think and write about. […]

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Crowdfunding Books

Crowdfunding Books

As I was finishing How Coffee Saved My Life in 2009, I knew it wouldn’t sell millions of copies. That was never the vision. My intended audience was rather specific, and I reached that intended audience. They appreciated the book, which was so rewarding. I still get a few notes a year from readers who recently returned […]

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A Few Gigs

A Few Gigs

  To any eye not connected to my brain, the whiteboard wall in my writing office looks a bit odd right now. It is covered in black, red, green, purple and orange marker. Most of it is code — words, names, phrases and symbols to jog my memory of an idea later, when it’s writing […]

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A Brief Sampling of Notes from Mommyland 0-8 months

A Brief Sampling of Notes from Mommyland 0-8 months

Simon gets fussy playing on daddy’s tummy, and I reach out and take him. We press cheeks together and rock a bit on the carpeted floor. He takes a big sigh and relaxes into me. We rock on the faded brown chair, with him sitting in the crook of my arm. His fingers lightly press […]

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Just a Little Nudge

Just a Little Nudge

One of my newest projects is writing for Nudge Education. Nudge provides software, teacher training, and print resources for teachers who are interested in sharing more power in the classroom. I believe in the mission: Nudge Education keeps teachers and students at the center of learning, supporting transformational classrooms with accessible, powerful technology. Our products […]

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Still Very Good

Still Very Good

About four years ago, the seniors at Cretin-Derham Hall invited me to speak at their high school graduation. Four years later, many of these young students are graduating college. Those who are not graduating are doing amazingly interesting and intentional things instead. I am lucky to say that many of these former students have become […]

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Returning

Returning

I opened the closet door and lifted my turquoise mat out from where it was wedged in the corner. About ten feet from the bassinet holding my sleeping baby, I unrolled the mat slowly. The last thing my nurse called out to me was No yoga for six weeks! as I left the hospital with […]

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On Knowing

On Knowing

Yesterday I walked into my baby’s nursery to wake him up for the day. He was lying perfectly still, swaddled, with his bright blue, serene eyes wide open. He was totally calm and content, gazing at nothing in particular. “Good morning my love,” I whispered, smiling. “How is my baby today?” His eyes moved slowly […]

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